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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 10, 2012 4:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: One of Hunter's most Evocative Songs

In our daydreaming places where snippets of life pass by, Brown Eyed Women is his song that pops by in my skull more than any other (China Cat is in the race). BEW all fits. The sepia washed lyrics bring a time, place and feeling together, unlike most of his songs that are more open ended. It's a story of Gothic Appalachia, that w/ Jerry singing it (and no other) somehow makes it seem that the dawn is coming, instead of the alcohol fueled rage of night and death. And to me it was one of the few songs that they could play well almost to the end, and it was a song that got better as he grew older. Something about "And it looks like the old man's getting on." that the crowd reacted to and for me what pulled it away from the Depression and death and drunkenness to the dawn.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 10, 2012 8:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One of Hunter's most Evocative Songs

I tend to agree with you, although they wrote so many evocative songs together. A suitable bookend for this tune might be Ramble On Rose, or Miss. Half Step. One of the reasons I love these songs (and many others from Garcia/Hunter) is that they tell stories, paint a picture, sometimes not very concretely, but certainly distinctly. The bridge from Ramble is a perfect Jerry moment - "I'm gonna sing you a hundred verses in ragtime, I know this song, it ain't never gonna end..." This is Garcia's life work in a nutshell!

Another reason I love those 3 songs, and a number of others - they're playin' favorites... easy enough for some to pick up that ole guitar and croak out the tune.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 10, 2012 12:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One of Hunter's most Evocative Songs

I don't disagree with you - Ramble On Rose is one of my favorite Jerry songs, and I agree with what you say about the extra weight those lines carry - but for me Jerry's musical manifesto is in the Allen Toussaint song that he covered so well:

I'll take a melody,
and see what I can do about it.
I'll take a simple C to G -
and feel brand-new about it.
I understand why the old fishermen sail along:
some day you'll be gone.

(not sure I got those last two lines exactly right, but you know the song)

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Poster: wineland Date: Jan 10, 2012 10:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One of Hunter's most Evocative Songs

BEW is one of my favorite GD songs. Take a listen to this one, the guitarists are swirling around nicely and Donna Jean lends a beautiful layer of vocals to the picture.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-12-27.sbd.cotsman.19288.sbeok.shnf

And it BURNED like hell... always like that emphasis on burned.

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Poster: snori Date: Jan 10, 2012 8:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One of Hunter's most Evocative Songs

Couldn't agree more that this a totally evocative song. From the opening 'Gone are the days when the ox fall down,
Take up the yoke and plow the fields around.' you can just picture every scene in your head. Lyrical storytelling at it's very best.